My classmates and I entered the room for the networking dinner. There were quite a few people there already, but the OSU people had the coolest name tags by far. I think there was some name tag envy from the students who were there from Michigan and Illinois.
I was proud of myself. I jumped in and started introducing myself to people. During the dinner I spoke to an employee who is currently in the Leadership Development Program, the Director of the Director of HR, the HR Director of the Marine Division, and the HR Manager at the plant in Indianapolis. All of the employees at Rolls-Royce seemed extremely enthusiastic about working for the company and were a lot of fun to talk to.
After the dinner we all went our separate ways and I headed to my room to relax for the evening. I was really excited about sleeping in the big, fluffy bed. Unfortunately, I was so nervous about the next day that I only slept a total of 2-3 hours.
The next morning we all met in the lobby of the hotel and headed to the Rolls-Royce plant on a shuttle. I was nervous, but everyone at Rolls-Royce was very nice and kept telling us to just be ourselves. We ate breakfast and the HR Manager did a quick presentation about the company. After that it was time to interview.
The first activity I did was a written case study, next was a one-on-one with situational questions, then my 10 minute presentation with a question answer portion after, and then a group exercise where we were observed in a group and then presented after 15 minutes of discussion. I really thought the presentation was going to be the most stressful part, but I actually was most nervous during the group exercise. I didn’t want to be overly aggressive, but I also did not want to be too passive either.
It was a long day and I was relieved when it was over. We headed back to the hotel and made the drive back to Columbus. Unfortunately, I was not chosen to move forward as an intern at Rolls-Royce. I was disappointed because I really like the company and the people there were really great, but on a positive note, it was a lot of fun and a great learning experience.
This actually only gets us through Wednesday of my busy week. The rest of the week was midterms, another interview, group meetings, class, and finally a really fun Halloween Party. Maybe this week will be less crazy but, every time I think that, something comes up!